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Welcome to the Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy services for the University of Leeds are mainly located in the Emmanuel Centre, next to the Laidlaw Library.

The Chaplaincy is here for staff and students. We are looking at arrangements for the Chaplaincy to ensure that it is providing appropriate support to all members of our University community.

Chaplains are available for drop-in visits and for appointments, and we have a 24/7 out-of-hours phone service.

Use the Chaplaincy:

  • Whether you have a faith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim etc.) or have no religious beliefs.
  • When you need someone independent and confidential to talk to.
  • If you’re finding life difficult or you have a tricky decision to make.
  • If you have lost someone close to you.
  • If you want to explore spirituality.

We will not try to make you religious, we are here to help you in any way that we can.

You can choose to see any of the University's chaplains and faith advisors. Call the main office on 0113 343 5071 or email to check availability, or just call by.


Christian Chaplaincy

The Emmanuel Centre contains chaplaincy spaces managed by the Universities’ Chaplaincy in Leeds. There is space for private prayer upstairs in the Claire Chapel. For more information about current activities, upcoming events and current opening times at the Chaplaincy visit the main Christian Chaplaincy website.

Chaplaincy Office: 0113 343 5071,

Interim Lead Chaplain – Revd Samantha Sheehan

Samantha joined the Christian Chaplaincy team in 2018. She works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Emmanuel Centre and you can make an appointment with her by calling 0113 343 5070 or email

Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds Trust Coordinating Chaplain:

Robin Fishwick –

Muslim Student Advisor - Farhat Yaqoob

Unity LogoFarhat Yaqoob joined the university in 2014. She works full-time and is very much in demand, as much for her general brilliance in caring for people as for her expertise in the practice of the Islamic faith. Her office is in the Emmanuel Centre and you can make an appointment with her by calling on 07713 707 857 or email

Farhat is also the instigator of the many Unity activities that you will see around campus. Her aim is to unite people around our similarities regardless of our home cultures, religions and interests. She makes a big impact on the life of the university and is happy to counsel anyone, staff or student, Muslim, any faith or no faith.


Jewish Chaplain

You can learn more about Jewish Chaplaincy at the National University Jewish Chaplaincy website 


Other sources of help and support

Click for the University’s webpage showing the full range of Support and Wellbeing Services available.

Click to find out what support is available from Student Counselling and Wellbeing.

LUU’s Student Advice Centre provides a range of advice for many situations that can affect your health and wellbeing, including handling online bullying.